3rd Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100

100 Legal Blogs were chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal.

Here are a few of the legal technology ones:

Above and Beyond KM New York City lawyer Mary Abraham takes lawyers’ use of social media to the next level, pushing “knowledge management” beyond just identifying problems and finding quickie tech solutions.

DennisKennedy.com This is where St. Louis lawyer Dennis Kennedy blogs his ABA Journal legal tech columns, aggregates tweets from his Twitter microblog, and prefaces new episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, the podcast he co-hosts with Inter Alia’s Tom Mighell at Legal Talk Network on alternate Wednesdays.

e-Lessons Learned is primarily a student-run e-discovery and legal technology blog, where items are posted in a practical, easy-to-scan case digest format. Each post contains a summary of the “e-lesson learned” so readers can decide whether to keep on reading. We like that.

Eric Goldman: Technology & Marketing Law Blog Goldman, an associate prof at Santa Clara University law school, discusses Internet and intellectual property law with an emphasis on search engines, spam, adware/spyware and marketing topics.

FutureLawyer is a detailed, informative daily diary of St. Petersburg, Fla., solo Rick Georges’ life as a PC user. While Georges isn’t constantly trading up his own technology, he reviews all of the latest laptops, PDAs, scanners and other gadgets, and lets readers know if they’re worth the price. Inter Alia Dallas lawyer Tom Mighell’s bread and butter are his blawg-of-the-day posts and his newsletter, Internet Legal Research Weekly. He told Lawyers USA in August that he has tracked nearly 2,300 law blogs since 2000, and declared that failed legal blogs last an average of one year and 10 months. iPhone J.D. is the brainchild of New Orleans lawyer Jeff Richardson. He launched the blog to explore lawyerly uses for the iPhone, which he describes in his bio as the “perfect handheld device” he’s been searching for since the late ’80s.

Real Lawyers Have Blogs Kevin O’Keefe has been posting for years on how lawyers can gain a professional advantage by blogging. The Seattle-based CEO of LexBlog is now also pulling Twitter and Facebook into his embrace, seeking research on ways lawyers can market themselves with social media while avoiding ethical pitfalls. 

Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Rockport, Mass., solo practitioner and editorial, media and marketing consultant Robert Ambrogi posts reviews of Web-based research and practice management tools and directs readers to publications and events that help them bone up on Web 2.0. 

Social Media Law Student is the primary Web home and nickname of Rex Gradeless, who is now a Saint Louis University School of Law graduate with a passion for social media and its applications in the legal industry.

Strategic Legal Technology is the blog for Prism Legal. There author Ron Friedmann focuses on posts for law firms and law departments looking for greater efficiency.

TechnoLawyer Blog covers the latest technology for law practice management and highlights the best of the legal blog­osphere. Many posts are merely teasers for content that is only available on TechnoLawyer’s eight free electronic newsletters, but posts pulled from those electronic publications are thorough and solid.

 3 Geeks and a Law Blog is a smartly written, make-technology-fun kind of legal blog. The “dynamic trio” behind it are Houston-based Greg Lambert, a law librarian at King & Spalding; Lisa Salazar, Internet marketing manager at Fulbright & Jaworski; and Toby Brown, Fulbright’s head of marketing and knowledge management.

22 Tweets Once or twice a week, Cleveland-based law firm marketing consultant Lance Godard conducts live “Twitterviews” with leading thinkers in law practice management. His blog contains the transcripts of those interviews.


Blogs relating to Legal Theory:

Becker-Posner Blog Aren’t federal appeals judges already overworked? The prodigious Richard Posner of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals still has time to share his thoughts on government policies from a law and economics perspective. Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker of the University of Chicago also weighs in on everything from tax policy to health care reform. 

Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports Warning to law schools that try to game the rankings in U.S. News & World Report: University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter is on to you. Leiter covers the rankings and devises his own. He also weighs in on other hot law school topics, such as clout in admissions at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Conglomerate, aka The Glom, is a group effort by academics who emphasize, however loosely, business, law, economics and the catchall—society.

Concurring Opinions Group blogs this large can be difficult to pull off. But the “concurrers” come from diverse backgrounds, enabling them to draw on a variety of topics and present a regular menu of general-interest legal posts.

Empirical Legal Studies is the place to find the data to back up law-related theories and observations. ELS authors and their devoted readers provide a ready-made forum to not only discuss data already in the news but also evaluate emerging legal scholarship.

At The Faculty Lounge, 10 academics (plus a bevy of occasional contributors) create a virtual faculty lounge online, providing thoughts on a wide range of topics and copious links to documentation. Although some posts entertain, there’s no shortage of serious debate on topics of academic interest.

 A Failure of Capitalism One law blog isn’t enough for federal appeals judge Richard Posner. He already posts at the Becker-Posner Blog. Now he also writes for the Atlantic on a blog named after his book A Failure of Capitalism. The book examines the reasons for the economic crisis; the blog offers a continuing critique of the government response. 

If there’s a legal topic of concern to women, Feminist Law Professors is likely to cover it. Professors Ann Bartow of the University of South Carolina and Bridget Crawford of Pace provide frequent posts about court cases and news from a feminist perspective.

 IdeoBlog is the informal home to the online musings of business law expert Larry Ribstein, who teaches at the Uni­versity of Illinois College of Law. Ribstein tackles posts having to do with the current economic crisis, cases in the news and, occasionally, legal education.

Ethics Forum takes a dispassionate look at the choices and circumstances that get lawyers into hot water with professional regulators. With more than a dozen named co-authors from across the country, there’s always a fresh post and new perspective to consider.

Legal Profession Blog Check here if you want to know about the law grad denied a law license because of offensive behavior, or the judge reprimanded for jailing a defendant who gave him a raspberry. These law profs chronicle lawyer misdeeds and the opinions that mete out the punishments.

Mirror of Justice Catholic law professors note upcoming lectures, discuss how public policy affects the poor, and often discuss in serial posts how they can best integrate their chosen faith with their chosen profession.

PrawfsBlawg A long list of contributors and a constant stream of guest-posters provide a mix of analyses of both headline and quirky legal topics. But at its core, PrawfsBlawg focuses on strategies to improve law schools and legal education and on other topics of interest to law professors.

At TaxProf Blog, University of Cincinnati law professor Paul Caron covers tax law and policy, with forays into law school news. Taxgirl blogger Kelly Phillips Erb says Caron “writes with authority and a clear understanding of the tax code.” It’s not all academic. He may digest a complicated tax proposal in one post and link to a news story on a tax-evading celebrity in the next.

The Volokh Conspiracy is named for its founder, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, but it’s authored by nearly 20 contributors, mostly law profs with a passion for con law, government policy and each other’s observations. One fan, Vanderbilt law student Alexander Denton, praises Volokh contributors for “engaging posts on a variety of topics, thoughtful interaction … and writing styles that are [both] scholarly and accessible.”


For the complete list, click HERE. 

You can log in to vote for your favorite 10. Winners will be featured in the February issue of the Journal.



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